Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting


I do love baking with bananas. But somehow, I always seem to fall into a banana-baking rut by making the same old thing over and over. Banana bread, right? You see those, um, aging bananas on your counter and your mind goes blank except for the banana bread. Now, a few weeks ago I broke out of my banana rut and made these cute little banana bites, and I was just overwhelmed by all the banana love that came my way from all you banana-fans out there.

And so I was inspired, and I have been collecting banana recipes ever since. On my to-make list over the coming weeks are: Layered chocolate banana parfaits. Bisquick banana muffins. I even have a recipe on deck for Extreme Banana Bread, made with SIX bananas. Crazy, right? But in the midst of all this banana-rama I found a recipe for banana cupcakes with whipped peanut butter frosting. The cupcakes are like a light, airy banana bread, and the frosting….peanut butter heaven.

One last little observation — that frosting job that I did on the cupcakes involved a pastry bag and one of those little star-shaped decorating tips, which all sounds very fancy and complicated, but it’s as easy as easy can be. But feel free to slather that frosting on there however you want. It’s going to taste AWESOME no matter what it looks like.

It’s a banana summer!


Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting, from Bon Appetit 

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe large bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned or freshly ground)
  • Chopped lightly salted roasted peanuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 12 standard (1/3-cup) muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Mash bananas with fork in another medium bowl until smooth. Mix sour cream and vanilla into bananas.
  2. 2. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk and beat until well blended. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with banana-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until blended after each addition. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups (generous ¼ cup for each).
  3. 3. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center of each comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and let cool completely.
  4. 4. Sift powdered sugar into large bowl. Add cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until smooth. Spread frosting over top of cupcakes, dividing equally.

Yum

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  1. OK, they have bananas in Buenos Aires ! yay!
    Finding peanut butter might be hard to impossible but .. what about Nutella?

  2. Kate Morgan Jackson says:

    Definitely give Nutella a try – I think it would be great!

  3. Grumpy and HoneyB says:

    love these! I am always looking for different ways with bananas too and have some bananas going really ripe right now!

  4. My husband loves bananas and peanut butter. A great idea to combine them. He will love the cupcakes…but mostly the frosting, I think.

  5. These sound delicious!!!

  6. R Grant says:

    Here's another recipe idea that I love for ripe bananas, Bourbon Banana Pudding from Gourmet http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/03/bourbon-banana-pudding-with-glazed-pecans

  7. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    It's Elvis in cupcake form :) I'm with you on the browning bananas. Although half the time I let them go to waste because my banana bread never turns out. I'm not sure why. I'm starting to think it's because I overfill the pan.

  8. Cella Babee says:

    My roommate & I had some "EXTRA" ripe bananas lying around so, of course, I thought of this post! I just wanted to tell you that they are absolutely delicious!!! They were so incredibly moist… We added an extra banana and garnished the cupcakes with chocolate chips. I plan to make these again and again and again (and again?)

    :)

  9. Chocolate Shavings says:

    That is a nice change from banana bred – your cupcakes look beautiful!

  10. These look so fabulous! I always liked spreading peanut butter on banana bread….so this looks right up my alley. Yum!

  11. I made these this week and they were delicious! I added to the recipe by sprinkling mini-chocolate chips on top. Great Recipe!

  12. I just used your recipe (minus the frosting) and put in some orange zest, So YUM! Thank You!!

  13. The Nosh Pit says:

    these are so freakin' good. i could mainline the frosting.

    i made them for a benefit auction and they were a HUGE hit. the woman that ended up with them said they were some of the best cupcakes she had ever tasted.

    I garnished with a dried banana and some crushed honey roasted peanuts. yum!

  14. I just made these for a school bake sale, and the banana cake part truly is amazing. I made chocolate cupcakes from a box and then these. It is unbelievable how much difference you can taste between the box cupcakes and the ones made from scratch. The flavor is incredible, and the texture is so moist!

  15. dining table says:

    I have never tried bananas in my cupcakes. I thought this is going to be a very nice idea! Thanks a lot for sharing.

  16. oak dining table says:

    I love the frosting. It is really nice. I love peanut butter a lot. I think this will also do good on chocolate cupcakes.

  17. Meghan Rae says:

    Thanks for the recipe!! I am going to make these today!! I, too, have very ripe bananas sitting on my counter!!

    -Meghan Rae
    http://www.thefashionistafoodie.blogspot.com

  18. These looks pretty awesome. I just made some banana cupcakes and incorporated an Espresso Stout Beer and some ginger. The beer gave them a really nice fluffiness. http://bit.ly/fKvbpu

  19. I love your blog. I can’t believe I just found these cupcakes. I can’t wait to try them.

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